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Game of Thrones

Arya’s Storyline To Turn Darker in Season 5

Nov 24, 2014

(Warning Season 5 spoilers below!) As Season Five grows ever closer, we begin the annual question of who will live and who will die in the next brutal installment of Game of Thrones, but some...

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Girls

The Girls of Girls: Who are You?

Nov 24, 2014

I’m waiting for season 3 DVD news to drop and I’m contemplating just digitally downloading, and well I couldn’t help but think about which Girls character I most emulate. With shows like...

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The Newsroom

The Newsroom: “Run”

Nov 20, 2014

There is no denying The Newsroom has officially swung into full gear in the second episode of its final six-episode run. The series has never lost its edge in terms of intellectual originality...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Hello Ladies

Nov 24, 2014

HBO’s comedies are sometimes woefully under appreciated, and it was with great disappointment that I read about the cancellation of my current favorite HBO comedy: Hello Ladies. Luckily...

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Latest HBO News

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

UPDATE: We can now CONFIRM that Rachel McAdams is IN for True Detective season 2!  Here’s the logline from HBO: Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves. Taylor Kitsch as Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened. Kelly Reilly as Jordan, Frank Semyon’s wife, a former D-list actress who is a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions. Peace out, rumors!  Rachel is now confirmed. When will...

Movie Review: Hello Ladies

Movie Review: Hello Ladies

HBO’s comedies are sometimes woefully under appreciated, and it was with great disappointment that I read about the cancellation of my current favorite HBO comedy: Hello Ladies. Luckily for fans of the short-lived series, HBO approved a movie send-off. The first season of Hello Ladies revolved around Stephen Merchant’s character Stuart, and his repeated attempts to find a supermodel who would sleep with him. When we left him at the end of the season, Stuart was finally presented with a choice to be with the model of his dreams, and he elected to walk away in order to comfort his friend and roommate Jessica, who had just been...

Development Slate: BANSHEE Returns to Cinemax; Hugh Laurie and More

Development Slate:  BANSHEE Returns to Cinemax; Hugh Laurie and More

Okay, we are short and sweet with the Slate news this time around. It is really all about cleaning out the cache of news I have sitting around. What you will see is a few tidbits about developments with existing shows plus some up and coming pilots. Here we go.   BANSHEE Season Three a Go on Cinemax With Cinemax hitting one out of the park with THE KNICK people might be paying more attention to Cinemax as of late. But, it is not the only series on HBO’s sister network. How about BANSHEE? The dramatic series is about to embark on its third season in January. The 10-episode season launches on Friday, 01.09.15 at 10pm ET. For those not...

The Girls of Girls: Who are You?

The Girls of Girls: Who are You?

I’m waiting for season 3 DVD news to drop and I’m contemplating just digitally downloading, and well I couldn’t help but think about which Girls character I most emulate. With shows like Sex and the City or Girls or others of that ilk, you can’t help but profile yourself to see which character you most resemble. At least I do that…and I’m hoping I’m not the only one. So it just begs the questions: Are you manic like Marnie? Jazzy like Jessa? Hopeful like Hannah? Or social like Shoshanna? Do you waffle over your feelings for your spouse? Do you often find yourself “downsized” from work and contemplate reevaluating your...

Arya’s Storyline To Turn Darker in Season 5

Arya’s Storyline To Turn Darker in Season 5

(Warning Season 5 spoilers below!) As Season Five grows ever closer, we begin the annual question of who will live and who will die in the next brutal installment of Game of Thrones, but some characters’ ability to survive may not be as gratifying as we expect. In Season One, Cersei declares that there is no middle ground between life and death when you play the game of thrones, but by now we know she is not entirely correct. While many have lost their lives in the game, some have lost more—their morals, their identities, their souls. Perhaps an even greater fear than seeing a favorite character die is seeing them shaped and molded by...

HBO Go Arrives on Microsoft’s Xbox One

HBO Go Arrives on Microsoft’s Xbox One

While it may have been frustrating for some in the past, HBO Go continues to expand to any and all device platforms of note as time marches on. Maintaining an app across literally all devices, coding languages and platforms is a feat for any tech company, let alone a television production studio. HBO has to prioritize based on device install base and focus their resouces on those platforms when it comes to development of the HBO Go app. With around five million Xbox Ones out there now and another million or so expected to sell at the holiday, HBO couldn’t delay any longer.  Here’s what Jeff Dallesandro, Vice President, Digital...

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “Happiness”

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “Happiness”

Overview: The first new edition of STATE OF PLAY begins with a 35-minute documentary that explores the lives of three former NFL greats, quarterback Brett Favre, running back Tiki Barber and wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, as they transition from leading the lives of American superstars to those of civilians. With the help of experts in the burgeoning science of happiness, the film follows the players’ journeys to find the surprising truths of what made them so happy while in the game and how to find happiness outside of the sport that defined them for so long. Also interviewed for the film are: former NFL stars Howie Long, Michael Strahan,...

Movie Review: That Awkward Moment

Movie Review: That Awkward Moment

What I most came away from this movie with was that this film was a guy’s film trying to pass itself off as a girl’s film. Not saying movies are necessarily gender oriented, but you can tell at times what demographic a movie is trying to aim towards. Watch the trailer and see what you think…   So from what I see, it could be a cute movie about guys learning about love and relationships.  And it kind of is, but after watching it I would say it is not quite as advertised. The film focuses on three friends: Jason, Daniel, and Mikey. Played by Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordon respectively, these are guys...

HBO Boxing PPV: Pacquiao vs Algieri 11.22.14

HBO Boxing PPV: Pacquiao vs Algieri 11.22.14

This week fight fans will need to shell out a bit more to the cable company to follow the sport. Saturday night brings us the next fight from the Filipino sensation, Manny Pacquiao.  The fight will be broadcast on HBO pay-per-view starting at 9pm eastern time. Many of you might be thinking who is Chris Algieri and why would I pay an extra $60 to see him fight one of the world’s most famous and talented fighters? Pacquiao is an offensive dynamo exhibiting expert ring technique, blazing hand speed and enough pop in his punches to put opponents to sleep. Chris Algieri got a severely damaged eye to go with a gift decision last summer...

The Newsroom: “Run”

The Newsroom: “Run”

There is no denying The Newsroom has officially swung into full gear in the second episode of its final six-episode run. The series has never lost its edge in terms of intellectual originality and hilarity, as every ensemble interacts with playful liveliness. However, the season premiere gave a foreboding sense that something of a massive scale was about to occur at any minute. Episode two delivers this collision, and it is by far the biggest we have seen in The Newsroom as of yet. The episode is filled with guest stars and familiar faces, and with good reason. This is entirely unlike any episode of The Newsroom that we have ever...

HBO Documentary Films: BANKSY DOES NEW YORK

HBO Documentary Films: BANKSY DOES NEW YORK

Overview: On Oct. 1, 2013, the elusive British street artist known as Banksy launched a self-proclaimed month-long residency in New York City, posting one unique exhibit a day in an unannounced location, sparking a 31-day scavenger hunt both online and on the streets for Banksy’s work. Capturing this month of madness, this documentary incorporates user-generated content, from YouTube videos to Instagram photos, from New Yorkers and Banksy hunters alike, whose responses became part of the work itself, for an exhilarating, detailed account of the uproar created by the mysterious artist. With installations spanning all five boroughs of New...

Should Game of Thrones Fans Wait to Read the Books?

Should Game of Thrones Fans Wait to Read the Books?

If you haven’t read A Song of Ice and Fire (of which I am guilty), I am certain you are tired of seeing “SPOILER” in an article/video and immediately having to stop viewing. It takes quite a bit of mental strength for me to turn away or click the close button because of one main reason: I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS! Yet despite the fact that answers are a few hundred pages away, I wait. Originally, I thought to myself, ‘Who cares if I decide to wait and not read the books?’ But some people do care…oh yes, they care very much. You see, I have particular group of friends that I watch the show with (because you can’t watch this...

Del Toro, Scorsese Team Up for Cortes Series

Del Toro, Scorsese Team Up for Cortes Series

Ah, drama. HBO is no stranger to the emotional roller coaster that is premium drama. Few historical moments have as much drama packed into them as that of the colonization of Central America by the Spanish in the 1500’s. The “discovery”, the betrayal, the lies and the glory are all there just begging to be put to screen. What if I told you that HBO was teaming up with Martin Scorsese (yes, that one) and Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, Snatch, The Usual Suspects) to bring you a story about the life of conquistador Hernán Cortés!?  Is that something you might be interested in?  Well, many outlets are reporting this to be...

GETTING ON: “Is Soap A Hazardous Substance?”

GETTING ON: “Is Soap A Hazardous Substance?”

By the trailer and the title of this week’s episode it appears to be Patsy-centric. It seems Nurse de la Serda will get ill or injured. Which type of affliction is it and why is he so incapacitated? Does he get sick over Dawn’s news? Does he get hurt by someone hating his lame ward-wide nonsense? Only the episode will reveal the answer, but surely we must address Dawn’s pregnancy and how it affects her and the rest of the staff. Episode #02 – Is Soap A Hazardous Substance? Wham! This episode packs a surprise alright and it is not about PatsyDe la Serda or any other lead for that matter. I struggle between revealing it here or just...

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